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bill: that it was. hey, happy halloween. martha: happy halloween to you, mr. hemmer. bill: check the candy. make sure everything is cool. martha: what is your favorite halloween candy? bill: reese's cups. martha: i'm a big butter finger fan. "happening now" starts right now. bye, everybody. jenna: breaking news on today's top stories and stories you will only see here. jon: sophisticated tunnels poping up between u.s. and mexico. a new secret underground system was discovered. we'll tell you where. suddenly there is new hope for the search for a missing autistic boy. a mistertear russ photo appears that bears a striking resemblance to the teenager. could be it him. fans go wild. what caused this stadium riot. we'll show you the video and
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show where it all went down. it is happening now jon: but first on this halloween day the obama administration in what appears to be full-bore damage control mode trying to limit the political fallout over the botched obamacare website rollout. this as republicans step up efforts to delay parts of the president's signature domestic achievement. welcome to "happening now." i'm jon scott. jenna: ironic we're talking about health care and we have halloween candy on set. is it allowed? jon: one day for the year. jenna: this is the day. happy halloween. i'm jenna lee. great to have you here today. the latest battle started on our air with health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius facing a barrage of questions. republicans on the house energy and commerce committee covering topics from their problem-plagued website to other range of topics. secretary sebelius apologizing and taking responsibility for the failures. >> i am as frustrated and angry
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as anyone with the flawed launch of healthcare.gov. so let me say directly to these americans, you deserve better. i apologize. i'm accountable to you for fixing these problems. and i'm committed to earning your confidence back by fixing the site. we were anxious to get the website up and running and functional and we clearly failed to do to date although i would suggest the website has never crashed. it is functional but at a very slow speed and very low reliability and has continued to function. i was informed that we were ready to launch on october 1st. the contractors who we had as our private partners told us and told this committee that they had never suggested a delay, and that is accurate. our cms team felt we were ready to go. i told the president that we were ready to go.
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clearly i was wrong. jon: charlie hirt is a columnist for "the washington times." hold me accountable she says. i'm responsible. so what should happen now, charlie? >> well, it was like listening to some sort of representative from an alternate universe come and explain everything that has been going on because she did say as you point out that she's responsible, hold me responsible for this. then she went on to basically say that, you know, undo, suggest that there wasn't anything wrong with the whole system. she said, she claimed that the system didn't crash. she claimed it is not true that all these examples that we've seen where people have lost their insurance. she insisted that people no, people were not having their hours cut in order to fit through the new rules of obamacare. it was a very strange, a very strange testimony and i can't help but think that it
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undermined a lot of people's faith in her because if she can't even acknowledge what the mistakes, clear mistakes are and put a fine point on them other than to say, we've had glitches, then there is very little hope that she is going to actually address the problems. jon: well, and what the president's political opponents point out many, many times is that, and the president has said it himself, obamacare is more than a website and the problems with obamacare are deeper than the website. the president promised if you like your health plan you can keep it. and suddenly millions of americans are getting these letters saying, sorry, you can't keep your health plan. >> yeah. and i think that's exactly the problem right now, jon. we're all obviously focused on the problems with the computers, the slowness. the obvious crashes of the system. despite what kathleen sebelius says. but the real problem is that this is just sort of, you know, an example of the much larger
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problem which is that when, it's a very complicated thing to try to provide health insurance to 300 million people. when you try to do that, you're going to fine a lot of unintended consequences and then even worse a lot of consequence that is were predicted by the people who opposed obamacare, that what you will wind up with is a lot of older, sicker people enrolling and younger, healthier people not enrolling. but and if that happens, then you're not going to have that money to draw off of to pay for all the sicker people. and it's kind of the arrogance of the entire notion that the federal government can just walk in haphazardly take over 1/6 of the economy and make it work. it is just sheer arrogance. >> the president has been blaming the insurance companies for these policy cancellations. oh, it is insurance companies are doing it. how disingenuous.
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the insurance companies are following the law that he insisted upon and they now have to live under. >> well he has pick ad perfect enemy for him because of course nobody wants to stand up for the insurance companies but as you say, the insurance companies are doing exactly what the law has instructed them and other thing is, let's not forget, insurance companies whether you like them or not, they are for-profit corporations and if you put a bun of laws in place that incentivize them to kick people off insurance perhaps, that is the law's fault, not the company's fault. and so, you know, for him to vilify them now especially after he has sort of brought them in and basically made them you know, promise them a massive new marketplace off of which to make money, you know he can bash the insurance companies all he wants to now, but let's be clear he has been the biggest friend to insurance companies up to now because he created a whole new marketplace for them and of
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course that gets missed in the press all the time. and of course he would never admit to that now but especially now he is trying to use them as the boogeyman to blame for all of the mistakes of his health and human services department. jon: i have to end it with this happy thought from the secretary the website hasn't crashed. it is just really, really, really slow. >> happy halloween, right? jon: thank you. spooky. jenna: well this just in. the white house trying to get in front of some new data on the job market today. that data is indicating in part a slowdown to overall economy. this is according to the labor department. the number of americans applying for unemployment falling for the third straight week to 340,000 which is normally a good thing when these things fall. meantime though fewer applications are not being followed by job gains. hiring has actually slowed in recent months. senior white house foreign
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affairs correspondent wendell goler is live with latest. wendell, what are analysts saying about these numbers? >> reporter: jenna, they think the economy weathered the 16-day government slowdown, shutdown, reasonably well. labor department workers who crunched the numbers weren't working during the shutdown. precise ememployment figures have been delayed. we won't get the october jobs report for another week. temporary layoffs during the shutdown are expected to hold back the october jobs number and september jobs number was below expectations though the unemployment rate fell because fewer people were looking for jobs. economists say the shutdown made people cautious about spending home sales suffered as a result of that. republicans think the affordable care act will discourage hiring because the requirement that companies with more than 50 workers provide them with jobs but white house says there is no evidence that obamacare is having an impact on jobs yet, jenna. jenna: there's a lot of talk about health care today, wendell but the president is talking a
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little bit about the economy as well. what is he up to today? >> reporter: he is attending a conference of something called select usa which aims to get the federal government involved in attracting foreign businesses to the u.s. that. is something that cities and states traditionally done on their own in the past. the president launched idea a couple years ago. now he wants to expand it and enlist u.s. ambassadors to 30 countries to promote not just the u.s. but specific places in this country as good spots for foreign companies to invest in. his aides say right now 10 countries account for 80% of foreign investment in this country. that is about 5.5 million jobs. the president says as cost of labor rices in places like china and mexico and cost of energy remains low here, the u.s. becomes increasing i attractive as a place for foreign companies to make things. the key he says, to have people trained to make those things, jenna. jenna: sound like an important detail. wendell, we're watch for the president's comments in a few
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hours. thank you very much. jon: there are some breaking details in breaking global scandal. china demands answers from revelations from a top secret intelligence sharing program involving the u.s. and several key allies and new reports are embassies are being used to spy on beijing and other governments in the region. david piper is live in bangkok. david? >> reporter: hi, jon, yes, it caused a little bit of a diplomatic storm here. china and some of america's allies are demanding to know if these claims are true about spying. a chinese foreign ministry spokesman wants clarification from washington. china of course has its own spy networ region but seems to be particularly annoyed that the eavesdropping was literally being done as part of a large operation out of embassies of the u.s. and its allies. it says foreign embassies in china and their staff should respect the vienna convention and not get involved in activity that is harm china's security interests of the u.s. allies
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like thailand where i am now and indonesia also voiced concerns about the spying allegations. a spokesman for the thai government said, phone tapping wasn't right and should never be implemented. every country has their own sovereignty and the world community should respect that indonesia's for minister of foreign affairs told "the wall street journal" said if confirmed it would confirm a unacceptable concern and breach of confidence. it might be more of concern to some asia countries to know who america is not eavesdropping on and draw their own conclusions. according to "der spiegel" the wiretapping operation is operating out much embassies in sty land, malaysia but is not in japan, south korea and singapore. the allegations could be embarrassing for some countries in the region such as australia which has strong economic ties to china. australia is one of the
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countries part after secret intelligence program called state room allegedly. claimed in the leaked documents embassies as well as those of u.s., britain and canada secretly house surveillance equipment to eavesdrop on electronic communications in china. australia's prime minister tony abbott says they haven't broken any laws and everyone of the officials at home and abroad operates in accordance with the law. it is worth pointing out many experts around suggest spying such as this is nothing new but of course many leaders here in asia may be a little bit uncomfortable at the moment to know america can read perhaps their emails and listen to their phone calls. back to you, jon. jon: david piper live in bangkok. david, thank you. jenna: i will go ahead read this. stream of revelations from the nsa following steadily coming up. more on this. new reports that the feds have been secretly collecting information on millions of
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google and yahoo! users. our panel looks at what it means for you logging online. what is different about that? it will be one of the big stories coming up. sorry, jon, made to steal that from you. it just happened. jon: go ahead. take it away. jenna: a pair of violent bombings. why islamic militants may have attacked a pair of businesses. our next guest is long-time critic of obamacare. a congressman for nearly two decades practiced medicine before he became a a lawmaker. we'll talk to him about his concerns about the controversial health care law. that's next.
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>> spent over 20 years taking care of patients and this is about patients and what we on this side of the aisle want is the highest quality of care for all americans, is system that is affordable and accessible and provides the greatest number of choices and continues innovation in our health care arena so that folks can have the highest quality of care. but our belief is firmly, and i
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think it is playing out now, that the aca violates everyone of those principles. jenna: well that was our next guest, congressman tom price, at a house ways and means committee hering on tuesday questioning marilyn tavenner who oversaw creation of troubled obamacare website, healthcare.gov. congressman price is long-time critic of president's health care plan. he was a doctor who spent two decades practicing as orthopedic surgeon. if you know anything about jon and me, we need orthopedic surgeons in our lives. off the air. >> i know some good ones. >> thanks for joining us today. >> thank you, jenna. jenna: there has been enough politics over the last few days. i want to ask you why did you decide to go into medicine originally? why was that your calling? >> i'm a third generation physician. both my father and grandfather were docs. i felt the outlet for that.
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curiously public service was a calling as well because i recognized there were a lot of folks in washington making it so i was uni believe a to care for patients the way i thought best. that was 10 years ago. so only has gotten worse. what we need is a system that allows patients and families and doctors to make medical decision, not washington, d.c. and that is the terrible road that we're going down right now, washington, d.c. making these very personal decisions. jenna: we thought it would be interesting to talk to lawmakers who have medical background in relation to this because you have experience dealing with patients of the we got a real interesting question from a viewer the other day, just yesterday in fact, if i get more comprehensive coverage does that guaranty i get better care from my medical provider? how would you answer that question? >> well, not necessarily. especially what you're seeing now with the rollout of the obamacare and aca occurs they're narrowing panels, number of doctors individuals will be able to see is getting narrower.
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the number of facilities will be able to treat them. hospitals are narrow remember. that is to control costs obviously. that is not the choices american people desire. we'll have to answer the question as a society who will decide? will it be patients, families and doctors or will it be washington, d.c.? we on the republican side of the aisle, and some of our friends on the other side of the aisle although though don't vote that way that often that it ought to be families and doctors. to get health coverage they need that don't require washington to be put in charge and that is the concern we have. jenna: congressman, you heard this, is the law of the land. passed supreme court. you have democrat controlled senate and democrat as well in the white house, this president's signature achievement. so at this point what can really be done? >> well just because the lay of the land doesn't mean it ought not to be changed. there are all sorts of laws we changed over and over and over in our society. that is the appropriate way to do it, through the congress of the united states. what we believe though is that
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what, as we predicted the rollout of this was not growing to work and it was not going to be beneficial to the vast majority of the american people. there's a report out this morning from forms says over 90 million individuals are going to lose their health coverage that they liked and that they had before. not to say that they won't have access to something but not what they want, but what the government forces them to buy. that is not the way our system ought to work. jenna: if i could, back in 2009, you were reading through the law. you have this medical background. this is when we first heard about the law. the president said, if you like your coverage, you will be able to keep it. you were the one that gave the republican address at the time and this is what you had to say. like to play that for our viewers. >> the problem is the president himself plays fast and loose with the facts. so as someone who has taken care of patients i would like to take a moment to clear up a couple of the president's worst offenses. on the stump the president regularly tells americans that if you like your plan you can keep your plan but if you read
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the bill that just isn't so. jenna: congressman, only 30 seconds here but what did you see then? >> well, that the essential benefits package that forces everybody to buy a plan that the government says is okay. now the problem with that is that there are many individuals across this country who have a plan that they like very well, and that they want to keep but now they're being forced into a plan that the government says is okay, that is good enough for the american people. well, we ought not to be having the federal government what is good enough. we want people to decide what is good enough for them. that the is way system ought to work that patients, families and doctors are ones making medical decisions, not washington, d.c. jenna: getting back to the question about care and how to provide, guaranty the best care, love to have you talk about that, and improvements that can and should be made to the system. congressman, we hope you join us again. >> look forward to that, jenna. there are wonderful solutions. jenna: thank you so much, sir. jon: new example just how far drug smugglers are willing to
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go. remember this tunnel uncovered last year deep beneath the u.s. border with mexico? another subterranean smuggling route has been discovered. we'll tell you where. more apparent leaks from edward snowden. how the nsa hacked google and yahoo!
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jon: right now we're learn about a new sophisticated border tunnel that may have been used to smuggle drugs between the u.s. and mexico. investigators in recent years have found a whole slew of such passageways of the you will probably remember this one uncovered back in 2012. roughly 240 yards long running bee heneath the boredder in arizona. we're told the new discovery runs from san diego to tijuana. the feds have not confirmed what it was used for, when it was built or exactly how well-engineered it is. some tunnels are quite advanced. this one in 2012 as well was
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600 yards long equipped with electric railcars, lights and even ventilation. jenna: well another story in the nsa spying saga. new reports that the feds secretly hacked google and yahoo! breaking into their highly secure data centers and stealing essentially, confidential information from hundred of millions of user accounts. this according to new documents from leaker edward snowden and they have been reported in "the washington post" today. the spy agency did all this according to these reports by tapping into overseas communication pipelines that link the massive data storage hubs that these companies have. morgan wright can break this all down for us. he is a cyber security expert. he is ceo of connected to the case. does work on anti-terrorism programs as well. morgan, great to have you on the program again. >> hi, jenna. jenna: what exactly is the government looking for and what can they get by doing this? >> jenna, they are looking for
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things they can't get under a fisa order. in the united states when getting voluntary cooperation from google, yahoo!, everybody else, they could get data because they have a warrant from the fisa court order. so because it is overseas and because it necessary a foreign country, these massive data centers, fisa court, u.s. has no jurisdiction. so the nsa is conducting intelligence operations but they physically put a piece of hardware along the undersea cable or the data center that is siphoning off equipment. this isn't the internet. we're talking about a physical link, a data layer they attached equipment to. jenna: some companies like google essentially said they are outraged by this. >> absolutely. jenna: they had no idea. does that surprise you? these are the best, brightest, most smart tech guys out there, tech guys and gals. would that surprise you they have no idea this is happening? >> no. i'll tell you why. they're bright, smart, tech guys
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and gals, but they're not an intelligence agency. there is lot of people on the other side of the aisle too. what they did they thought their links were safe. they saw the fiber link was safe. what they don't realize somewhere and they can't tell that it has been done, a piece of equipment has been inserted without their knowledge, that is siphoning off the data. there is really no way to really understand your data is being copied in real time. it is like listening to a phone call. you have no way to know the phone call is being businessenned to because there is no obvious indicator of it. jenna: what about the information reportedly the government is collecting? how difficult is that to do and how effect he tiff based on your experience in cyber security for the government to throw out such a wide net? >> you reach a point of diminishing returns, jenna. what happens we're collecting more and more information in terms of total ped bytes, throw out the favorite term for bytes but there is only so much you can do, only so much you can
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scale. the question is it more effective to cast a wide net? they have things that allow to filter in on words, people, targets but at the end of the day, still takes people. automation can do so much, but at end of the day a human has to make qualitative judgment on the intelligence. jenna: this will be very generic in general when i give you these headlines. these are the two big headlines of the week. the government is so good about their cyber security, cyber skills that they are spying on the best and brightest companies out there. that is one headline the other headline is the government is so bad in anything cyber related they can't set up a website that can provide health care to people. how do you bring the two headlines together? just from a technical perspective is it confuseing. >> one is policy and one is technology. take the technology side, intelligence community, ns. a, cia have bright people that know how to do things
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technically, when you you can talk about the healthcare.gov website i have a meeting with house science and technology committee about that. imagine if we allowed the government to design facebook or twitter or foursquare or youtube? these guys, if you want to design something that consumers are going to use get outside the government. got to get outside the mentality and got to let the private market develop the technology because this is what they're in the business of doing. the government's more concerned about the process where private sector is more concerned about the outcome. and that is the inherent conflict. that's why they can't do it. jenna: quick final question from the private company perspective because we've been following this for a few days. by the way, this is google's quote about the government nsa report. we are outraged at the links the government seems haveto have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks is what they have to say. there is google reports about mysterious floating barge in san francisco bay. what are they up to? do you think it is wanting data in a different place where it
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can't be touched? >> not originally. this patent was originally applied in 2003. i read this 2009 on the zd net. this would be floating data centers. we didn't have nsa issues and scandal. because they have it built how far out can they operate because territory limit is 12 miles? how far can they effectively operate and how far out of oust law if they had a floating data center 12.1 miles off the coast? functionally there are things that make it difficult to have this work. we started off with a floating data center in twee. 10 years later we don't know where it will go. they built the capability. let's see what they do on policy standpoint. jenna: google says they need reforms and regulation. we'll see if google is doing same thing working outside of regulations that exist. >> absolutely. jenna: morgan, thanks for coming
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on the program. >> thank you. jon: you don't think it is google perk? jenna: nice view of the city? sure. jon: u.s. attorney is expected to comment on a bizarre case in georgia. a school releasing video showing a teenager who was later found dead. across america people are taking charge
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including inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which may be fatal. stop taking victoza® and call your doctor right away if you have signs of pancreatitis, such as severe pain that will not go away in your abdomen or from your abdomen to your back, with or without vomiting. tell your doctor about all the medicines you take and if you have any medical conditions. taking victoza® with a sulfonylurea or insulin may cause low blood sugar. the most common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, and headache. some side effects can lead to dehydration, which may cause kidney problems. if your pill isn't giving you the control you need ask your doctor about non-insulin victoza®. it's covered by most health plans. jenna: right now look at some stories still to come this hour. some eerie new footage showing a georgia teen just before his death. police are pouring over the images to try to determine whether kendrick johnson died accidentally as police first
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concluded or whether there is more to this case after all. that is what the high schooler's parents say. also an all-out brawl breaks out in a cramped stadium. what triggers the violence and full video just ahead on that. a major milestone for one of the largest radio hoaxes ever pulled off. we take you back to the 75 years to the halloween night that mash chance invaded planet earth. jon? jon: spooky. concerns over the president's health care law sparking new trend of so-called concierge care. more doctors are turning to the model offering patients personalized service but comes with a bigrice tag. william la jeunesse live from los angeles. >> reporter: look at obamacare from a doctor's point of view. for many it means more patients, more regulation, less time with clients and lower reimbursements which can is why some are trying something different. >> have you noticed any change in your energy?
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>> reporter: dr. dominguez joins growing number of physicians practicing concierge medicine where patients pay extra for more personalized care. >> they have promptness, quicker access and extended time with me. >> she takes the time. asks questions about my pregnancies. my home environment. about relationships. about all these things that no other doctor ever asked me questions about. >> how about your sleeve? >> reporter: concierge medicine is not cheap, $1500 a year in addition to the cost of insurance. for that patients get same or next-day appointments, longer physicals and 24/7 email and phone access. >> weekends, 11:00 at night, 2:00 in the morning i had an incident when i first joined and he takes your call. what other doctor is going to do that? >> first and foremost doctors are telling us if i don't make this change i'm leaving medicine. >> reporter: one big reason? the affordable care act. since the law passed number of doctors practicing concierge care increased 25% to some 5,000 doctors.
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>> when you're seeing 30 or 40 patient as day, giving them five, six, seven minutes each, they're very, very worried they will make a mistake and someone will die because of it. >> reporter: lower reimbursements under obamacare means doctors need to see more patients to maintain the same revenue. for some that is a trade they're unwilling to make. >> i will not change the way i practice. i will not see 40 people a day. i will take care of patients the way i want my family members to be taken care of. >> reporter: so is it for everyone? no. of course it is more expensive. with those with serious condition needing frequent care, jon, something like this could be money well-spent. back to you. jon: if you have the money you can afford the doctor? >> reporter: ideally you can. if you're healthy and, you know, you don't need frequent care, maybe its not for you but for some it might be. jon: william la jeunesse in l.a. thank you. jenna: some new information on the bizarre death of a georgia teenager. the u.s. attorney in macon,
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georgia, is expected to comment on the case of kendrick johnson. the body of the teen was found up in a rolled up wrestling mat in his school earlier this year. police are calling it a frequent accident but his parents all along have suspected foul play. yesterday they won a key ruling when the judge order ad school surveillance video to be released. john roberts can tell us if that is what we're seeing here. you have more from atlanta. >> reporter: good morning, general in. the u.s. attorney for the middle district of georgia, michael moore is considering whether or not to launch a federal investigation into the death of kendrick johnson. here his decision in just under 90 minutes time. back on january 11, kendrick's johnson's 17-year-old body was found rolled up in the wrestling match. the medical examiner at the time sid say ted was suffocation when he fell into the mat retrieveing a shoe. but second autopsy found i was died from a sharp blow to the neck. as for the court ruling they will get all the surveillance
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videos from the school, lowndes high school from the time of death. already seven images were released. those were added yesterday with extra video of other students in the gymnasium. there was a second camera that caught kendrick johnson walking down the hallway on his way into the gym. what would have been the last time he was seen alive. johnson's parents believe that their son was killed and that there was a mass cover-up by officials. they hope that the entire video record will give them answers as to how their son ended up in that mat. >> the johnsons have said if the video shows that kendrick entered the center core opening of a gym mat, got stuck, and died, then they are prepared to accept that and to move on with their lives. but in the event that it does not, we will fight to the very end to get at the truth of what happened to kendrick johnson. >> reporter: now a lot of things
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in this case just don't add up. there is the second autopsy that found a different cause of death than that of the state. there is the fact when his body was exhumed last june for that second autopsy his internal organs were missing and the body was found stuffed full of newspaper. the georgia bureau of investigation swears that his internal organs were with the body when he left the crime lab in macon in january. the funeral home director says when they took possession of the body the internal organs were gone. jenna: very bizarre. we'll continue to follow the case, thank you. >> reporter: okay, jenna. jon: fans showing way too much team spirit at one soccer match. take a look. what triggered this massive riot? more of wild video and how it all went down coming up. plus president obama facing some serious challenges. the brand new polls pointing to big trouble in the wake of the health carrollout. fox news political analyst, angela mcglowan is here.
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jon: new next hour, the kiss sass truss rollout of -- disasterous rollout of obamacare. new information on how insurance companies are figuring out ways to game the system and bypass the rules. plus, it is daughter versus daddy again today in the murder trial of dr. martin mcneil in utah, on the heels of bombshell testimony from the other other woman. can the defense spin the evidence in favor of the doctor? our legal panel debates. a disturbing new study. scientists now saying a sars-like virus could leap from animals to humans. we'll explain next hour. jenna: well a soccer match gone wild in russia. police moving in to break this
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stadium riot near moscow, try to move in to break it up. unruly fans of rival teams throwing fists in the stands and fireworks on the field forcing the game to be canceled after half hour of play. police used water cannons and arrested 30 people. no word if any charges whether filed. russia is scheduled to host the 2015 world cup. jon: the botched rollout of his signature domestic achievement, obamacare, are apparently takeing a heavy to. according to a new "nbc news-wall street journal poll", only 42% approve the president's job performance. that is down "the five"% from two weeks ago. that is tie with mr. obama's all-time low. let's talk about it with our resident political analysts, angela mcglowan. i guess know surprise when something as makes as much news
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as obamacare has, no surprise that the numbers would drop if. >> no surprise. ronald reagan said this. it is the purpose ofvernment tos people, not run our lives. and the bottom line is this. with this administration, jon, we've seen more people depending on the government dole. we've seen more people accepting food stamps. now we have a president telling us what health care is good or isn't good for us. and with the rollout, it is a failure. jon: the "fox news poll" numbers that we took just a couple weeks ago showed very much the same thing. october 1st and 2nd the president had a job approval rating of 41%. that is down about eight points from, i'm sorry, well, 49%. >> he is down, right, significantly down from where he was. there we go. there are the numbers. 41% approve now. 53% disapprove. >> the bottom line people are dissatisfied with government. they are disillusioned and i believe that in 2014 we're going to see a sea of change in the
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political landscape as we did with the 104th congress when you had president clinton and you haded midterm elections where newt gingrich took over the house and bob dole took over the senate. people want to see the government work. right now they see a lot of dysfunction in washington. not only seeing the president's poll numbers go down but look at disapproval rating of congress? it is in the teens. jon: we have numbers on that in just a second but i want to also take a look about something else about the president because a lot of people always liked him personally. >> yes. jon: but didn't necessarily agree with the job he was doing and we saw that. here you have the numbers, do you have a favorable opinion of barack obama? now it is 45%. back in october a year ago, it was at 53%. so even favorability ratings, people are, i guess translating the performance in office to whether or not they even like the guy. >> back then people were asked, would you like to go to a concert with obama or mitt
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romney? people said i would love to hang out with obama. i can't see myself hanging out with mitt romney. that is not the leader you want. you're not only seeing likability go down by his favorability go down. people want a leader and we've seen this president break his promises time and time again. shovel-ready jobs are not shovel-ready yet. now, back then, 2009, 2012 he said we could keep the current health care plan. we could keep the current doctor. we're seeing that is not true. jon: that news is just breaking that will have a big effect on people's opinions. >> that he knew in 2010 that was wrong but president still went out and said you can keep your health policy, keep your current plan. that will not change anything. jon, it would not impact the deficit. would actually cut the deficit. jon: he is starting to take the heat from that. real quickly voters are saying pox on both your houses. people's opinions of the democratic party down at 43%. republican party at 30%. back a year ago, september of
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2012, 50% liked the democrats, 43% liked republicans. so the republican party has taken a bigger hit but both parties are down. >> the republican party has taken a bigger hit i think you will see the pendulum take back boehner will keep the house. if you look in the senate more democrats are up for re-election. some of those democrats coming from red states. mary landrieu in louisiana, kay hagen in north carolina. i think you will see a sea of change where republicans take over the senate. jon: doesn't get much more personal than your health care. people will translate what is happening now the way they vote. >> you're exactly right and they will vote their pocketbook when they go to the polls. right now people are suffering living paycheck to paycheck and there is no leadership in washington, d.c. jon: angela mcglowan, fox news political analyst. thank you. >> thank you, jon. jenna: we will be back to some of the top headlines in just a moment. today is the day to remember the chaos of the war of the worlds.
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75 years after the infamous radio broadcasts. >> that is immense. strikes him head-on. [screaming] it is by the woods.
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jon: happening now, oh the power of radio. today marks 75 years since orson welles infamous "war of the worlds" radio broadcast. they deliver ad faux newscast detailing and tricked many americans that martians landed in a small new jersey town. listen to this. >> i just hand ad message from grover mills by telephone. 40 people, six state troopers lie dead in a field east of the
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village of grovers mill. their bodies burned and distorted beyond all possible recognition. >> something is happening this is who are risk. this is beginning to flake off. top is beginning to rotate like a screw and this thing must be hollow. ladies and gentlemen, this is the most terrifying thing i ever witnessed. >> remember no tv, no internet in those days of the all they had was the radio. that broadcast remembered for trigger a panic but many scholars saying newspapers dramatized the chaos that erupted at the time. >> it hasn't happened at fenway park for 59 years! the red sox are world champions! jenna: will your 2013 world series champions, the red sox. boston clinching the third title in 2004 and first at home in nearly a century. the celebrations don't stop at
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fenway but that's where we find our own molly line at fenway park in boston. hey, molly. >> reporter: this was emotional largely throughout the season largely what happened in april with the boston marathon bombing. from that moment this red sox team embraced the city and did what they could do to help heal the city of boston, people affected by the bombing, victims, first-responders. all throughout the, all throughout the season and that is what made this particularly special. all of the players had the same thing to say following that victory last night, stepping up and talking about the people that were so deeply affected by this. tomorrow boston will have, rather on saturday, boston will have a chance to celebrate all of this. it's a tradition here. the duck boats come out and cruise down the streets. mayor menino announced rolling rally will begin at fenway park and traveling down boylston street and that being the sight where the boston marathon bombing actually happened. a chance for players to pour out
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their hearts and fans, what proved to be a historic victory. jenna: we're cheering even if you're yankee fans for boss ton today. we'll be back with more "happening now."
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jenna: high noon here on the east coast and a fox news alert. go ahead and take that e-reader the next time you fly. the faa is now easing restrictions for using gadgets on airplanes. good for some of us, bad for others. [laughter] the i new rules now permit the use of many types of electronic devices from gate to gate, but the changes will not go into effect immediately. in fact, the timing is ultimately up to the airlines. our doug mckelway is live from washington with more on this. hey, doug. >> reporter: hey, jenna. today's announcement does not mean unlimited use of portable electronic devices, nor because it mean -- more does it mean you can start right away. changes have to be made to checklists, and each airline
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will institute the changes on their own timeline. most importantly, you will not be forced to listen to your seat mate's conversation about a bad date or anything else. cell phone conversations will still be forbidden will in flight. testing has not removed every doubt that cell phone use has at least the potential to interfere with flight controls under some circumstances. >> the committee found that in some instances of low visibility about 1% of all flights, some landing systems may not be proven to tolerate the interference. >> reporter: and that may be just as well because phones cannot get reception at altitude, and batteries drain faster as your phone seeks a tower that it can't find. so here's what you can do, though, you can use those e-readers, gaming devices, downloaded movies, but devices must be used in airplane mode or with the cellular connection disabled. you may still use the wi-fi connection if the plane has a wi-fi system and the airline allows its use. ing use wireless keyboards, but
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large and heavy latchtops must -- laptops must is still be stowed during takeoffs and landings. passengers will have to put down all electronic devices during the safety briefing. the trade association representing the airlines welcomes these changes, the association of flight attendants also welcomes its but wants some real-life experience before giving complete acceptance to these changes. did i sound like a flight attendant? jenna: you sounded great. i especially love how you said i don't have to listen to whoever 's sitting next to me on the phone. >> reporter: can you imagine a hundred conversations all around you? i couldn't deal with that. jenna: flying is hard enough for me. [laughter] >> reporter: yeah, i've heard. jenna: doug, thanks for the news. appreciate it, as always. ♪ ♪ jenna: well, there was some testing on cell phone usage on planes, that's what doug was talking about, and there's also now a major test for obamacare
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as well. great to see you, everybody, i'm jenna lee. happy halloween to you. jon: sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of the newscast. it is the second hour of "happening now," i'm jon scott. today is the deadline for congressional lawmakers to decide whether they will exempt their employees from the health care exchanges. some are saying it's an example of congress living by the motto do as i say, not as i do. senator rand paul of kentucky wants that to change. we have fox team coverage, chief white house correspondent ed henry is live in the briefing room as we wait to hear from white house spokesman jay carney today, and chief congressional correspondent be mike emanuel is live on capitol hill, that's where we given. mike? >> reporter: well, jon, good afternoon. the way the law has been interpreted here on capitol hill, leadership aides and committee aides of relevant committees would be exempt from obamacare, would be allowed to stay on their current federal benefits. some lawmakers are trying to intercept the law more broad -- interpreted the law more broadly to try and exempt more staffers
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to keep them on the federal land. but in a recent fox news poll, 92% think members of congress and their staffs should be required to live under the laws passed for the american people. but for lawmakers who oppose obamacare don't want anybody to live under it, some say this is a mess. >> my own staff has tried to go on the system, and they're given a raw number, but they don't know if they're buying dental care, they can't tell if they're buying health care, and when they click to the page that says here's the details of the plan you're buying, there's to -- there's no details. to just just like nancy pelosi said, you've got to buy the plan, and you still don't know what's a in it. >> reporter: all eyes are on harry reid and nancy pelosi who led the push for obamacare here on capitol hill. their leadership staff would be exempt, but if they liked it for the entire country, why not their staffers too? pelosi has told her staff they
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are going on obamacare exchanges, reid was asked about it earlier this week. >> senator reid, have you decided whether your staff should stay on the federal benefits -- >> i'm following the law as closely as i can. >> reporter: top senate republican leadership aides have been told they are the obamacare exchanges, as have a number of senate democratic leadership aides as well. clearly recognizing the exemptions don't play well across the country. jon? jon: yeah. it doesn't seem fair somehow. mike emanuel, thanks, mike. jenna: well, some new fallout today from that critical testimony yesterday from health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. lawmakers grilling her about the disastrous obamacare rollout on capitol hill, that, of course, happened yesterday. she took responsibility for the rollout. now both sides are reacting. be. >> the president, to his credit, almost seven weeks out saying are we ready in and to be told by the pros, yeah, this looks
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like it's all ready to go, all online. neither he nor i are technology geeks, and we assumed that it was up and ready to run. >> i will always go to the mat and fight for freedom, free people, free markets. and i think for the federal government to come in and take away the choice that people have had in the health care market and say, hey, we don't like what you've been with buying, we're going make you buy this, what's the next thing going to be? jenna: our chief white house correspondent ed henry is live at the white house where we expect the daily briefing to begin any moment now, so talk to us about the president. he's pushing back against the critics. what does he have to say? >> reporter: no doubt about it, jenna. and he's facing a difficult political environment. you'll remember, the poll numbers dropped for republicans after the government shutdown. now if you look at the latest nbc/"wall street journal" poll, it suggests the president's
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approval rating is down to 42%. that would suggest what happened over the last week is that his public standing has eroded because of the health care issue. not just the web site woes, but also this credibility issue he was trying to deal with in boston over his claim three years ago that if you liked your plan, you could keep it, period. the white house now adding context and caveats to that, suggesting that there are a lot of reasons why people are getting cancellation letters now, and the president did some backtracking in boston yesterday. take a listen. >> so anyone peddling the notion that insurers are canceling people's plan without mentioning that almost all the insurers are are encouraging people to join better plans with the same carrier and stronger benefits and stronger protections while others will be able to get plans with new carriers through the marketplace and that many will get new help to pay for these better plans and make them actually companier, if you leave that stuff out, you're being grossly misleaded.
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>> reporter: now, that is the key point that jay carney will likely make when he comes out for the daily briefing. we've heard it from the president on down in recent days which is that the folks who are getting cancellation letters are going to get insurance. the president says they will get better insurance. of course, the question after that is how much more will that cost? some people may have their costs come down, others may pay more than they were currently paying in the plans that they wanted to keep. jenna: so that's a little bit of what democrats have to say. what about the republicans, ed? >> reporter: well, the key is you see republicans on capitol hill trying to go beyond, you saw this at is sebelius hearing yesterday, to not just focus on the web site problem, but say, look, they think there are people who are unhappy with how it's working out for them. house republicans like ron johnson of wisconsin basically saying, look, maybe people should be grandfathered in, folks who signed up for these plans between 2010 and 2013 and now want to stay in those plans but are being canceled. here's senator johnson.
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>> it was totally false advertising, so we're actually going to put in a true grandfather plan that if you have a health care plan today and you like it, you can actually keep that plan. brian, unfortunately, we can't, we can't save those plans for every american short of repealing the law. but we sure can make sure that president obama honors that promise to millions of americans. >> reporter: now, the key is you don't just have republicans saying that, democratic senator mary landrieu yesterday suggesting she wants to introduce a bill as well that would grandfather more people in and let them stay on their own plans. that puts more political pressure on the white house, of course, if it's a bipartisan effort and not just republicans pushing. also interesting the white house chief of staff, we're told, is up on capitol hill today perhaps trying to calm some of those democrats up for re-election in 2014 looking at these poll numbers and getting nervous about how health care is being interested. jenna: interesting, ed, thank you very much. always great to see you. jon: well, we heard it -- >> but it bears repeating: if
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you like your current insurance, you will keep your current insurance. [laughter] no government takeover, nobody's, nobody's changing what you've got if you're happy with it. if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. jon: the president saying obamacare will not change your situation. he said that time and time again. if you want to keep your insurance and your doctor, you'll keep them. thousands of people have received letters telling them just the opposite. their policies actually are being canceled. now there are questions about whether or not the president knew this would happen. let's talk about it with juan williams, a fox news political analyst. he could not have been more clear, he use the word "period," juan, to say if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period. if you like your health plan, you can keep it. and now people by the millions are being told, sorry, you can't. >> well, that's true. and, you know, i don't know if
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you mentioned in this earlier, jon, but glenn kessler at "the washington post," the fact checker, gave president obama four out of five pinocchios today meaning that, you know, 80%'s a lie. and that's a pretty independent analysis. now, i think there are more than thin reeds for the president to stand on here. clearly, what we're talking about is a very small percentage of the people who are involved in the individual insurance market, and that's only about 5% as the white house has frequently pointed out of the entire market. it's like 60% or plus of us get our health insurance through our employer, another 20, close to 30% get insurance through medicare and medicaid, the seniors. so -- and the poor. so what we're talking about is a small percentage. and some of the people who are going to have changes, of course, will have to pay more for that new insurance even though it will be more complete in terms of offering various services that might not have been offered previously. but in response to your point,
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just no getting away that there are people who are going to have their policies change. jon: well, you know, the cynic in me would say just because you're president doesn't mean you can mislead 5% or whatever the percentage turns out to be of the american people. i mean, fully as many as two-thirds of the folks who had individual policies are seeing them scrapped by the insurance company, and the president is saying, oh, don't blame me, blame the insurance companies. well, the insurance companies are just living up to the law that the president promoted. >> well, that's exactly right. so what we have is a situation where the president's people are saying you can keep your plan if you had signed on before march of 2010, and that plan is, therefore, grandfathered in. but what you're referring to, jon, is that the government then said if there are any changes made by the insurance company to the plan including raising the price of that plan by more than, i think, $5, then the government can come in and then impose its new mandates for levels of coverage in the plan and
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basically then the insurance companies are saying, well, that blew it up and, therefore, we have to change your plan, we have to cancel your plan. the administration also points out, of course, nobody who gets a plan change is going to go uncovered. part of the obamacare deal is that the coverage has to be continuous to. jon: well, and the president is saying you're going to get a better plan. you know, juan, i would like to drive a flashy car, but i don't. if i want a cheap insurance policy, why shouldn't i be allowed to keep it? >> well, i think this is part of a larger scheme. so the larger scheme is to provide health insurance for people who don't have health insurance to say that there are consumer protections for all of us from insurance companies that would say, oh, you know, we're not going to insure juan or jon because they have a pre-existing condition or because they've already spent too much money on their insurance or now they've become sick, and we choose not to renew their individual policy, most individual policies are yearlong.
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so from the administration's point of view, it's consumer protection. but from your point of view as someone who said, well, i don't want to spend that much, congresswoman blackburn said yesterday there are people who don't want to drink from a goblet, they just want to drink from a red cup. jon: yeah. >> but those people are out of luck in terms of trying to create a marketplace where jon and juan pay more maybe for their individual insurance so that everybody else is supported in this system. jon: juan williams, we'll talk about this some other time, i'm sure. thank you. >> thank you, jon. jenna: well, there is one thing the administration did not publicize about obamacare, a possible way for millions to avoid signing up. for now. jim angle explains the loophole and all of this next. and it could be the end of mcdonald's dollar menu as we know it. the new change hitting your wallet, coming up. ♪ ♪ i see a world bursting with opportunity,
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jenna: some new fallout over obamacares we learn some insurance companies have found a loophole in the law allowing many people to avoid its effects for almost a year. jim angle's live in washington with the details taking a look at this story. jim? >> reporter: hello, jenna. well, yeah, there's one thing the administration hasn't been publicizing about obamacare, there is a way for millions on the individual market to avoid signing up for most of next year. listen. >> so if you start your coverage or renew your coverage before the end of the year, you can have at least another 12 months of coverage without all the extra costly obamacare add-ons to your insurance plan. >> but that's it. then they have to move to obamacare, and their old plan will go away. so it's only a one year or 11-month reprieve. >> reporter: one insurance company got 1600 calls recently and that all but 100 of them decided to change the anniversary date to stay out of
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obamacare as long as possible. >> one executive i talked to told me that in one week in his call center with by a ratio of 15 to 1 policyholders were taking the renewal extension, staying with their old policies instead of opting into obamacare. >> reporter: you know, but if many of those who currently have individual plans -- and a lot of those people are healthy enough to qualify for individual coverage -- decide to stay out of the new plan for up to a year, that could make the pool of people in obamacare more expensive to cover. listen. >> those individuals won't help subsidize coverage for the poorer and sicker people who obamacare is meant to help. >> reporter: obamacare's counting on the healthy to help pay a lot more to help cover those who are sicker. many analysts say there's a snag in all this in that people getting cancellation letters are experiencing sticker shock at
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the new prices they'd have to pay. >> and they're being told that at the end of the year they're going to be repriced, and in cases a premium is doubling, sometimes even tripling, and this is coming as a real shock to lots of people. >> reporter: so many on the individual market now may take advantage of the opportunity to stay out of obamacare as long as they possibly can. jenna? jenna: interesting report for us today, jim. thank you. >> reporter: you bet. jon: well, it is halloween, and a frightening new study involving bats on this day. the flying kind. it has nothing to do with trick or treat. why researchers believe these nocturnal creatures could potentially pass on a deadly virus that humans can then catch. plus, new testimony underway in the dramatic murder trial of a utah doctor accused of drowning his wife in their bathtub. medical examiners will take the stand. was foul play involved? ♪ ♪
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committed suicide in 2010. four adopted daughters as well, sabrina, nelly, giselle and ada. yesterday we heard from daughter vanessa who was very emotional when asked about her father's mistress. >> i was convinced that she wasn't somebody to worry about, that my dad might be involved with. >> why is that in -- why is that? >> because she was nothing like my mom. jon: one of the doctor's two alleged mistresses also testifying. this is a picture of both women. gypsy willis, to your left -- whom macneill hired as a nanny just days after his wife died -- and anna to your right, she told jurors that macneill once described how he could induce a heart attack. >> there's something you can
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give someone that's natural, that's there after they have a heart attack so that it's not detectable after they have a heart attack. >> okay. so you can give someone some sort of substance -- >> yes. >> -- naturally occurring in the body, and it would be there have a the heart attack -- after the heart attack, but it would also start a heart attack. >> yes. >> and so you could cause someone to have a heart attack, and the drug is supposed to be there anyway, and you wouldn't be able to tell? >> that's correct. jon: well, the mother of gypsy willis, one of the women, also took the stand claiming that macneill confided in her. >> he said to me that he had never loved michele, and then he amended that to say, well, i did. i loved her as a sister, but with i did not love her the way i love gypsy. jon: so there is a lot of circumstantial evidence, but is it enough to convict a man of murder? let's talk about it with a criminal defense attorney and
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dan shore, a former prosecutor. to you, prosecutor shore, first. you say there is plenty of evidence here, but convincing the jury is another thing. >> right. well, we know that he encouraged his wife and pushed her to get the plastic surgery. he then pushed the doctor to give her additional medication. we know that a week before she died she was found semicomatose by the daughter, and the wife later complained that the husband was giving her more medication. he also had that statement that you referenced before to a prior mistress saying that he knew how to give medication and lead to someone having a heart attack. after his wife dies, he's texting with gypsy, his mistress. during the funeral, he's texting with her. he's sexting with her the day after the funeral, and she moves in a week later. he seems to have a motive, the opportunity. can they prove beyond a reasonable doubt this was a homicide? jon: tom, what do you think? can these guys prove it? >> i think they cannot, jon. i mean, look, the prosecution in
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this case has a herculean burden. typically, in your typical murder case there usually isn't a question that someone was murdered or died under suspicious circumstances. here the state's own medical examiners can't even agree on that simple point. so, in other words, the prosecution doesn't have to prove simply that the defendant committed the murder, they have to first prove that this was a murder. you know, none of the medical examiners -- i believe it's three different medical examiners that have conducted autopsies here -- they can't agree it was a murder, they can't agree this was a lethal dose of medication, they can't agree that it was poisoning. so, first, what is the cause of death? was it accidental or was it intentional in and even if they could show it's intentional, then you've got to prove the defendant was the one responsible for it. jon: one of the daughters, the one who was so tearful in that testimony we played a bit ago, said there was another near-death experience for her mother. she was taking care of her
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mother in the days after her surgery, and keeping track of every medication she took and so forth. she said her mother -- her father kicked her out of the bedroom, and the next morning her mother was, could not be awakened. she had so many pills in her system that she was, was almost comatose. that says an awful lot, dan, about what happened in that room when just dr. macneill and his wife were in it, doesn't it? >> absolutely. and, remember, the wife's face is bandaged from the plastic surgery, so she can't actually see the pills, so she's found semicomatose by the daughter, the daughter later talks to her when the wife is able to speak, and she says that her husband was giving her excessive medication, and she asked the daughter to show her pill by pill so she could recognize what they are so she could independently confirm what medications she's getting because she can't see. and she expresses fear that her
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husband's trying to make her overdose. jon: alexis also testified, tom, that her mother told her that she believed her father was having an affair at which point alexis herself pays for one of those call-tracing services, and they come up with the name of this gypsy willis who, lo and behold, becomes the family nanny after the mother died even though one of the children testified that, basically, as a nanny she didn't do anything. now, i just have to think that if it walks and quacks like a duck, this jury is going to find a duck. >> the reality is there's a lot of guys out there having extramarital affairs. doesn't make it right, but anybody who's ever picked up a gossip magazine or read a newspaper knows that goes on. it doesn't mean they're all premeditated murderers. it's clear that the daughter does not like the father. she probably has good reason not to like him. but it doesn't make the father a murderer. and i'm suspicious of the
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daughter's testimony for this simple reason, if the mother truly believed that her husband -- that her husband may be intending to poison her with medication and may have perhaps had a failed attempt to do so a few days earlier, why in god's name would she then continue to allow him to administer her medication a few days later that ultimately resulted in her death? there's something that doesn't can add up about that testimony. jon: all right. it is a really interesting case. the testimony's still underway, obviously. tom kenniff, dan shore, thank you both. we'll continue to watch it. jenna: halloween is today. of course, that means the unofficial start to the christmas season is tomorrow, right? we'll start seeing the christmas decorations. will we see a boom in hiring this season? we have a live report on that straight ahead. and also take notice, america's favorite fast food giant may be getting rid of the dollar menu. we'll tell you why next.
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♪ ♪ jenna: well, to the new economy now, as the holiday hiring season kicks into high season, retailers are scrambling to add hundreds of thousands of temporary workers, but will this year's hiring have the same impact as before? question for claudia cowan who's live from san francisco taking a look at this story. >> reporter: hi, jenna.
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different forecasters have slightly different estimates, but most agree the major retailers are looking to fill more than 700,000 temporary jobs, a little bit down maybe from last year's numbers but still very strong and a reflection, job experts say, of more people doing their holiday shopping online and of stores becoming more efficient. using data to track the ebb and flow of sales activity, retailers are adjusting their hiring accordingly. >> really optimizing the number of people that they have in the store so they have the right number of people on the right day, even at the right time. >> reporter: target plans to add 70,000 holiday workers this year, down from 88,000 last year, a drop due in part to more full-timers wanting to work those holiday shifts. >> we're thinking that they'll be working another 5-10% more and, again, our loyalty is really with the team that we have here, giving them the hours that they need and that they're looking for. >> reporter: walmart is hiring
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55,000 seasonal work withers, 5,000 more than last year, and it's moving thousands more into full-time positions. toys r us plans to add 45,000, and macy's, 83,000. both of those are keeping their numbers on par or slightly above last year's with more positions being filled at shipping fulfillment centers to deliver those products bought online. speaking of which, amazon is hiring 70,000 seasonal workers, that's a 40% increase over last year. labor experts say holiday hiring is more than an economic gauge of consumer confidence. with u.s. unemployment hovering just over 7%, say they it's an opportunity for job seekers to get back into the game and audition for a full-time job. jenna? jenna: hopefully, that is what it leads to. claudia, thank you. jon: well, here's another economic item. it appears the dollar menu as we know it may be doomed. rising food costs and changing tastes are pushing prices past the $1 barrier.
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fast food giant mcdonald's is now adding $2 items and shareable meals to the mix. it's not the only one making changes to its popular low-cost menus. joling kent joins us now with an explanation. >> dollar menus are really changing across the board as more fast food chains grapple with how to lure in your business despite rising costs and changing demand. in january wendy's right size, right price menu was altered, and burger king's low-price menu includes a $1.29 whopper jr. and arby's rolled out its snack and save menu with items up to $3 each. according to npd group incorporated, budget menu orders dropped 12% in 2011 and 7% down in 2012. higher prices could help mcdonald's which posted disappointing same-store sales in the last quarter.
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now, these fast food giants are being also challenged by a health-conscious consumer who have begun doubting the value of cheaper items. they're willing to fork over more money for those healthier options. mcdonald's is trying to take advantage of that featuring wraps and sides that are all about veggies. experts also believe fast food companies are concerned about possible minimum wage hikes and health care will impact their prices. some companies have warned new obamacare requirements will shrink their margins and perhaps cause higher prices. but if you're determined to find a $1 fix, you can count on taco bell. the chain has 12 items still priced under a buck. jon: but i don't know if you can get french fries at taco bell. >> that's true. but i like those chicken mcnuggets, 20 for $5? jenna: i could go for a bugger right now. -- burger right now. jon: except you've been feeding
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me halloween candy during the breaks. [laughter] jenna: you know, an entire town ofeople is rallying around a sick young boy, making sure he has christmas this year even if it means making it come on halloween. we're going to tell you devan's story and the incredible story of this town and community coming up. and even nasa getting into the halloween series, where the cosmos conjured up this witchy imagery and how our space agency got hold of it, straight ahead. ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ jenna: well, "happening now," christmas in october. an ohio city coming together for
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a 13-year-old boy. his name is devin coleman, he's battling brain cancer, and his family just found out that chemotherapy isn't going the way they'd like, and the prognosis from doctors isn't good right now. when devin got this news, he said all he wanted to do was spend time with his friends and his family and to get the chance to celebrate christmas. so the city of port clinton turned the neighborhood into a winter wonderland outside his home, and they threw him a welcome home parade letting devin and his family know they're not alone during this time and giving him the best christmas of his life. that's what they wanted to do. the mayor of that town is the mayor of port clinton, ohio, and joins us now on the phone. mr. mayor, i know you have three sons yourself. just tell us a little bit about how the town came together on this. >> well, and i guess you summed up right there, the town did come together. you know, from -- within hours, and, actually, i'm speaking within one hour, i was able to through facebook have people put
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out some information that we wanted to decorate right below his windows, there's a park not far from where he lives, and the community just came together. we were overwhelmed by the volunteers, people coming to help us decorate, bringing decorations. we even cut down a 25, 30-foot tree that was decorated the following day we had snow brought in from an ice rink in fremont, ohio, and had some people bring it over, sprinkled it in front of his window so he could see it. he is very limited. he is bedridden at this time, but we wanted to make sure that he knew that he had the support of his community, that we really cared about him. and our community is just -- i can't tell you how proud i am as a mayor to be able to represent these people, because they have gone above and beyond. jenna: is this typical of your town, mr. mayor? is this just the way folks are,
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or has this been a unique event that really brought people together? >> well, you know, i think we are not unique to any other small town. i think small towns, you know, it's -- you always have that closeness. everyone pretty much knows each other or at least is familiar with who you are. so everybody pretty much reaches out. it's a slower pace than big cities. but definitely because of devin and his strength and his courage in dealing with what he's going through, it has brought people that much closer together. and it's actually overwhelming. it's wonderful and beautiful to see these people come together for a common cause and supporting him. jenna: you told a local paper we're trying to give some relief to the parents to let them know they're not in it alone, we're here to support them. personally, i believe in god, and i pray that he's watching out for him, and i know he is. why do you feel that way? >> well, you know, i'm a catholic myself, i'm a firm believer in god and just knowing in the past and just last few
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years my mom had actually passed away from cancer and just understanding the process that takes place and really believing in god, and my belief is very strong, i know that the lord has his hand, and this community is definitely behind him. and i think what was really touching is just the other night we had probably 250, 300 people in the streets below his window, and we all paused by the direction of the family through the window, and we all prayed together. and it was just incredible. jenna: well, it truly was an incredible story to us as well. i know there's some more information on facebook, we're going to make sure we put that up for our viewers to check that out so they continue to follow the story. mr. mayor, it's such a pleasure to have you on the program. thanks for taking the time to share a little bit of the story with us. we appreciate it very much. >> thank you. thank you very much. jon: and our thoughts and prayers are with devin and his family as well, that's quite a story. wow. well, a spooktacular space
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tighting to tell you about -- sighting to tell you about. take a look at this image from nasa, can you make it out? looks like the profile of a certain wicked witch screaming into space, and she's green. nasa infrared explorer picked up the image of what is now called the witch head nebula. asson hers say massive stars are lighting up the clouds where young stars are apparently brewing. the nebula is hundreds of light years away in the orion constellation. jenna: i thought you were going to do the laugh. jon: i'll get you my little pretty. jenna: some new concerns there may be more at stake for the health care overhaul than just the president's legacy. joe trippi weighs in on what some see as a make or break moment for american liberalism as a whole. we'll talk about that. and could we be in for another worldwide outbreak like the one we saw a decade ago? the doctor is in with the potential threat from a new
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sars-like virus found in bats. on halloween, we couldn't ignore this story. how some believe the virus can jump from bats to humans. that's next. >> so we're going to get this set behind us ready to go here. >> as soon as you build it. look at our set. >> that's my job. lindsey graham on the questions he's not getting from the benghazi survivors, we'll talk to him live. >> plus, much more fallout from kathleen sebelius' committee appearance yesterday. the president's numbers are at an all-time low, we'll analyze. >> and we will get this thing -- >> built. let's do that now. ... ... ... ... ...
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♪ ♪ jon: a troubling medical discovery to tell you about. a new study finds that a
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sars-like virus lives in bats, and the belief is that it could jump directly to humans. it's been about a decade since sars swept across the world killing more than 750 people. some experts say bats were responsible for that outbreak. let's talk about it with dr. marty makary, a professor of public health at johns hopkins and the author of "unaccountable." this virus, doctor, what is it? what does it do? >> well, it's interesting that this is the day we're learning about in this, but there was a paper in "nature," one of the most respected scientific journals, and it's reported today in the "wall street journal" that this virus has shown that it can be transmitted to human cells in the laboratory, and there's a concern that we could see another type of sars endemic. right now there's no need to do anything differently, but scientists are keeping a close eye on this. jon: sars, it was thought, was spread, i thought, through birds. bats fly, but they're not birds. >> anytime you have a large
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population of small animals, there's an increased risk for mutation. so that's why this these groups -- in these groups of animals, you're seeing this. i don't like bats, they look kind of strange, but if you think of to them as birds, they're a little easier to sort of understand. jon: and the fear is, we're not talking vampire bats, but the fear is it could get into humans how? >> well, one of the things that they're looking at in china is having people no longer capture bats for the food i have. believe it or not, this is done because when humans interact with bats, there's a risk of respiratory transmission. jon: so by keeping them out of the food chain, the hope is that you keep the disease at bay? >> yeah. and by limiting exposure to human beings. so on this halloween day, something to think about. jon: sounds good to me. i will not be having bat on the menu. dr. marty makary from johns hopkins, thank you. >> thank you. and happy halloween. jon: and to you.
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it hasn't happen in fenway park for 95 years. the red sox are world champions. >> well, you know by now that the boston read sox took the world series in six games over the saint luis cardinals and because our producer rachel who put the newscast together hails
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from boston she wanted us to hear it combachlt starting pitcher is john lister. and another star. 27 boston police officer who stands in the fenway park bullpen. this photofrom the a cls game two, horringan with his hands in the air as tigers outfielder flips over the world after going after a grand slam and that propelled the sox to victory. hunter joked about it. but he was not too happy. he is supposed to be protecting and serving. help me and then cheer. >> and the fans were posing for photos of horringan and holding up pictures in the stands and he got in on the
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celebration and holding open the bullpen door. newly minted celebrity steve horringan. >> he is allowed to celebrate for the home team. >> thank you for joining us. i mean, the cardinals had a great year. 97 wins. >> and you are making good on the loss. president obama's approval rating taking a big hit. >> i am alisyn camerota, two new polls tell the story today. the last 1 from wall street, nbc news shoes a five- point drop to a new low of 42 percent. that jives with the recent fox news polls. it shoes a